I am a Dharmesh Shah groupie; it’s undeniable. Every time I see a post by him I find that I read it all the way through, as opposed to skimming and moving on, which is what I do most often with blogs.
Today’s delivery was a guest post by Rick Perrault, co-founder and CEO of Unbounce on OnStartups. The title is “6 Tips to Rapidly Raising Funding on Angel List” and is a poignant and candid list of to-do’s for teams seeking funding. I’ve read most of the tips somewhere or another over the last year or so, but I especially like the way Rick Perrault breaks it down and relates all of the tips specifically to the Angel List environment.
In a nutshell, Rick’s tips are to use video, get endorsements (network your way to people of influence who believe in your business), prepare in advance for when your listing goes live (tips 3 &4), be discerning of people showing interest in your business, and finally, don’t go it alone. This is a wildly condensed summary of what he writes, and I hope you’ll click on over to read the whole post for yourself. I certainly have not done it too much justice, here!
I have an Angel List profile, but it’s not complete and it’s not public. My instincts still tell me to bootstrap Reaching Hire, so that’s the path I’m sticking with for now. Perhaps a time will come when I feel outside funding is the answer, and at that point I trust myself to take the plunge with no holds barred.
To me, Dharmesh is a pocket adviser for startups. It seems he’s got a good handle on not only succeeding in startups, but he stays firmly grounded in what it’s like to be one of us so his content isn’t coming from on high. He’s a goody, and I’ll keep reading.